Following the completion of an investment in the Abercrombie & Kent Group by Heritage Group, Manfredi Lefebvre will become co-chairman and Geoffrey Kent will be founder and co-chairman of Abercrombie & Kent. In addition, Amerigo Perasso was named the new CEO of Abercrombie & Kent Group.
Perasso is a business lawyer who spent 14 years at Silversea, holding various positions prior to becoming CEO and helping to build the company into a market leader in luxury cruising. In recent years, he served as an advisor on mergers and acquisitions to investment funds and private investors.
Abercrombie & Kent was founded by Geoffrey Kent and his parents in 1962 as a safari outfitter; its travel services now extend around the globe to more than 100 countries on all seven continents. The company has more than 55 local offices worldwide and recent “innovations” include Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent and Wings Over the World, regional journeys that combine the advantages of luxury small group travel with the comfort of privately chartered flights.
Lefebvre built Silversea Cruises, created by his father in 1994, with the purchase of two ships, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, into a leading luxury and expedition cruise line.
In February, Kent formed a strategic partnership with Lefebvre, chairman of Heritage Group, to jointly acquire 100 percent of the Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies S.A. (Abercrombie & Kent).